IBM Bets Big on Linux Mainframes

Big Blue is going after the corporate analytics and hybrid cloud markets in a big way, if todayEUs news is any indication. IBM has announced that it would be significantly expanding its open source mainframe business with the launch of a Linux-only mainframe. The company claims that the new servers, dubbed LinuxONE, are the most powerful and secure on the market.

"Fifteen years ago IBM surprised the industry by putting Linux on the mainframe, and today more than a third of IBM mainframe clients are running Linux,EU said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems, said today in a statement.

EUWe are deepening our commitment to the open source community by combining the best of the open world with the most advanced system in the world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads," he said.

New Ubuntu Distros

The company also announced that it is planning to work with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to create a new Ubuntu distribution for the servers specifically designed for the LinuxONE and z Systems machines. Canonical said it will also support KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) for the new mainframes. IBM said it will also enable open source and industry tools and software including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker for the z Systems.

LinuxONE constitutes an entirely new portfolio for the company, consisting of two distinct systems that will provide a portfolio of hardware, software, and services for large enterprises and mid-size businesses, according to IBM. The LinuxONE Emperor will be based on the IBM z13 microprocessor.

IBM said the system is capable of analyzing transactions in real time and can be used to help prevent fraud as it is occurring. The system can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers. The LinuxONE systems...

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